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Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966) is an American actress.

Halle was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was named after a landmark building in that city. Although she is generally considered African American, she is biracial, with an English-born mother, Judith Berry, and a black father, Jerome Berry. Halle's parents divorced when she was four years old and she was subsequently raised by her mother. Halle has an older sister, Heidi.

Halle was a popular student at her high school and was a cheerleader, honor society member, editor of the school paper, class president, and prom queen. She subsequently attended Cuyahoga Community College.

Before becoming an actress, Halle entered several beauty queen contests including Miss Ohio USA, Miss Teen All American, Miss USA, and Miss World. Her talents as an actress have often been overshadowed by her physical beauty.

In the late 1980's, she went to Chicago to pursue a modeling career as well as acting. One of her first acting projects was a television series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions called "Chicago Force."

Halle auditioned for a role in an updated "Charlie's Angels" television series by producer Aaron Spelling. At the time, Spelling wanted one of the "Angels" to be a woman of color. She did not get the role but she impressed Spelling by her skills. He encouraged her to continue perfecting her craft.

In 1989, Halle landed the role of brainy "Emily Franklin" in the ABC television series called "Living Dolls."

Halle's breakthrough feature film role was in "Jungle Fever" where she played a drug addict named Vivian.

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